Contributions to this volume explore the idea of Marlowe as a working artist, in keeping with John Addington Symonds' characterization of him as a "sculptor-poet." Throughout the body of his work-including not only the poems and plays, but also his forays into translation and imitation-a distinguished company of established and emerging literary scholars traces how Marlowe conceives an idea, shapes and refines it, then remakes and remodels it, only to refashion it further in his writing process. These essays necessarily overlap with one another in the categories of lives, stage, and page, which signals their interdependent nature regarding questions of authorship, theater and performance history, as well as interpretive issues within the works themselves. The contributors interpret and analyze the disputed facts of Marlowe's life, the textual difficulties that emerge from the staging of his plays, the critical investigations arising from analyses of individual works, and their relationship to those of his contemporaries. The collection engages in new ways the controversies and complexities of its subject's life and art. It reflects the flourishing state of Marlowe studies as it shapes the twenty-first century conception of the poet and playwright as master craftsman.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: Christopher Marlowe the craftsman: lives, stage, and page, Sarah K. Scott and M.L. Stapleton; Part I Lives: Scholarship and Biography: Marlowe scholarship and criticism: the current scene, Robert A. Logan; Marlowe thinking globally, Richard F. Hardin; Reviewing what we think we know about Christopher Marlowe, again, J.A. Downie; Was Marlowe a violent man?, Rosalind Barber. Part II Stage: Theater, Dramaturgy: Edward II and residual allegory, Alan C. Dessen; What Shakespeare did to Marlowe in private: Dido, Faustus and Bottom, Meredith Skura; The Jew of Malta and the development of city comedy: 'the mean passage of a history', Sarah K. Scott; Speaking to the audience: direct address in the plays of Marlowe and his contemporaries, Ruth Lunney. Part III Pages: Texts and Interpretations: Marlowe the Ovidian: On the eventfulness of Hero and Leander, Stephen Booth; Marlowe's first Ovid: Certaine of Ovids Elegies, M.L. Stapleton; Marlowe and Marston's Cursus, Robert Darcy; Marlowe's last poem: elegiac aesthetics and the epitaph on Sir Roger Manwood, Dympna Callaghan. Marlowe's Reach: Hell is Discovered: the Roman destination of Dr Faustus, Brett Foster; Consuming sorrow: conversion and consumption in Tamburlaine: Part One, Carolyn Scott; Fractional Faustus: Edward Alleyn's part in the printing of the A-text, Paul Menzer; Bibliography; Index.
'Innovative and engaging, this anthology is a rich addition to Marlowe studies, complementing and extending the best of recent scholarship. Its collective emphasis on Marlowe as a literary craftsman is timely in its vision of Marlowe as a working artist, a shaper and refiner of ideas.' Bruce Brandt, South Dakota State University, USA and Past President, Marlowe Society of America 'Christopher Marlowe the Craftsman offers all Marlovians infinite riches... the essays in this volume reach beyond its pages to pages elsewhere - some written, some being written, some yet to be written. Readers can take from Marlowe the Craftsman individual essays that simply delight their minds.' Marlowe Society of America Newsletter 'Well written and well crafted, the book is both accessible and stimulating... Recommended.' Choice '... refreshingly, this work of the Marlowe Association of America blends together a variety of theoretical and critical approaches. The breadth, inclusiveness, and robust heterogeneity of this collection speak to the willingness of Scott and Stapleton as editors to allow a wide range of established scholars to share what is freshest and most interesting to them.' John Donne Journal